Grateful Dead Hour no. 1406

August 30th, 2015

Week of August 31, 2015

Part 1 31:24
Grateful Dead 6/5/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
SPACE->
THE OTHER ONE->
STELLA BLUE->
ONE MORE SATURDAY NIGHT

Part 2 23:51
Grateful Dead 6/5/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
BOX OF RAIN
Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks vol 16 (11/8/69)
GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL
MAMA TRIED

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes from Lockn’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia, where the long strange trip continues for Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir. See Mickey Hart with EOTO on the Main Stage and curating “Deep Rhythm Experience” sets in the LOCKN’ Woods. Bill Kreutzmann plays with Billy and the Kids and sits in with Jorma and Jack during their Jefferson Airplane 50th Anniversary celebration. Phil Lesh and Friends plays twice, once featuring Chris Robinson, and again with Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes. Bob Weir is the Featured Artist of the Day on Saturday so expect surprising collaboration. For tickets and info, visit locknfestival.com.

My photo on the cover of Edible East Bay

August 26th, 2015


Last summer I took a photo of a caterpillar eating a tomato in our backyard garden. I’ve been a contributor to Edible East Bay for a few years – photos and the occasional article – so I sent the picture to editor Cheryl Koehler. She put it on the cover of the Fall 2015 issue!

There’s also a nice interview with two photos of Rita and me on the inside.

Kickstarter update: still seeking support!

August 26th, 2015

My Kickstarter campaign for It’s a Hand-Me-Down has met its goal!

It’s a Hand-Me-Down is a studio CD of my “solo electric” interpretations of Grateful Dead songs. Set for release on November 24, right after my book (with Blair Jackson) This Is All a Dream We Dreamed: An Oral History of the Grateful Dead is to be published by Flatiron Books.

I’m still looking for support for the CD project. The actual budget for this record is several thousand dollars more than I requested.

Two things to say about that:

1. I wanted to keep the Kickstarter goal in a reasonable range (and I think this is in the upper range of reasonable).

2. I have been selling various items of memorabilia over the last several months to finance the recording. I made a deal to sell a Jim Marshall print (that would have netted several K for the project); it’s been several months since I made that arrangement but the payment has not arrived. It’s starting to look like the sale isn’t going to happen. (Anybody want to buy a really cool Jim Marshall photo (actually 12 images) of the Grateful Dead?).

So: If you haven’t signed up to participate in this project, please do – and please continue to spread the word. Every overpriced autographed CD I sell ahead of the release is a stepping stone toward making this project profitable! And for a commitment of $100 or more you can get an exclusive CD of unreleased studio recordings of original songs, titled You Are Here.

Thanks again and again for all your help with this! I feel blessed.

It's a Hand-Me-Down rough

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1405

August 23rd, 2015

Week of August 24, 2015

Part 1 41:21
Grateful Dead 6/5/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
CRAZY FINGERS->
ESTIMATED PROPHET->
DRUMS

Part 2 14:45
Grateful Dead, Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings (3/1/69)
DOIN’ THAT RAG->
COSMIC CHARLIE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes from Lockn’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia, where the long strange trip continues for Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir. See Mickey Hart with EOTO on the Main Stage and curating “Deep Rhythm Experience” sets in the LOCKN’ Woods. Bill Kreutzmann plays with Billy and the Kids and sits in with Jorma and Jack during their Jefferson Airplane 50th Anniversary celebration. Phil Lesh and Friends plays twice, once featuring Chris Robinson, and again with Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes. Bob Weir is the Featured Artist of the Day on Saturday so expect surprising collaboration. For tickets and info, visit locknfestival.com.

Kickstarter alert: “It’s a Hand-Me-Down”

August 20th, 2015

It's a Hand-Me-Down rough
Proposed cover design by Harry Choron

I have launched a Kickstarter campaign to complete and release It’s a Hand-Me-Down, a studio CD of my “solo electric” interpretations of Grateful Dead songs.

Sample tracks:
Wharf Rat
Deal

The campaign will be active until September 19. There are various levels of participation (starting at $5) with various thank-you gifts for larger contributions.

Click here to see the infomercial, the list of support levels, the FAQ, etc.

Thanks to Josh Agajanian and William Huang for making the video!

8/13/15 audio and video archives

August 20th, 2015

We had a great time saluting One from the Vault at the original venue on the 40th anniversary of the show!

Here is a link to the video archive on moonalice.com
Here is a link to a “matrix” (audience and soundboard mix) recording by Michael Zelner
Here is a link to the torrent version of Zelner’s recording.
Jambase’s review of the show

Set list:

Cassidy->
Cold Rain and Snow->
Cassidy
Loser
Brown-Eyed Women
Shakedown Street

Intro by Harry Duncan->
Help on the Way->
Slipknot!->
Franklin’s Tower

Big River – Roger McNamee

Sage and Spirit – Teja Gerken (solo)

It Must Have Been The Roses – Alex Bleeker & Kyle Field
Eyes of the World – Alex Bleeker & Kyle Field

The Music Never Stopped – Grahame Lesh, Mark Karan
Crazy Fingers – Grahame Lesh, James Nash

King Solomon’s Marbles – Totally Dead

Blues For Allah – Henry Kaiser quartet + vox

The Other One – David Gans, James Nash, Mark Karan

Sugaree – Mark Karan
Around and Around – David Gans
US Blues – David Gans

Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad – All hands
Brokedown Palace – all hands

HOUSE BAND:
Mark Karan, guitar and vocals
James Nash, guitar and vocals
David Gans, guiTar And Vocals
Danny Eisenberg, keyboards
Robin Sylvester, bass
Neil Hampton, drums
Elliott Peck, vocals

GDH back on the air in Sacramento!

August 20th, 2015

KZAP has revived itself as a community nonprofit in Sacramento, California. The GD Hour airs Thursday evenings at 9 on 93.3 FM.

Please support the GD Hour by supporting the stations that air it! And/or make a direct contribution to us.

Hre’s the current station list.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1404

August 16th, 2015

Week of August 17, 2015

Part 1 27:38
Grateful Dead 6/5/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED->
EASY ANSWERS->
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Talk
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol. 15 (4/22/78)
ESTIMATED PROPHET

Part 2 28:29
Grateful Dead 6/5/93 Giants Stadium, East Rutherford NJ
SCARLET BEGONIAS->
FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN
WAY TO GO HOME

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes from Lockn’ Music Festival in Arrington, Virginia, where the long strange trip continues for Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir. See Mickey Hart with EOTO on the Main Stage and curating “Deep Rhythm Experience” sets in the LOCKN’ Woods. Bill Kreutzmann plays with Billy and the Kids and sits in with Jorma and Jack during their Jefferson Airplane 50th Anniversary celebration. Phil Lesh and Friends plays twice, once featuring Chris Robinson, and again with Carlos Santana and Warren Haynes. Bob Weir is the Featured Artist of the Day on Saturday so expect surprising collaboration. For tickets and info, visit locknfestival.com.

Salute to “One from the Vault” – video archive

August 16th, 2015

Here is a link to the video archive of the amazing salute to One from the Vault that we did at the Great American Music Hall on August 13, the 40th anniversary of the original Grateful Dead performance.

House band:
Mark Karan, guitar and vocals
James Nash, guitar and vocals
David Gans, guitar and Vocals
Danny Eisenberg, keyboards
Robin Sylvester, bass
Neil Hampton, drums
Elliott Peck, vocals

Opening set (House Band):
Cassidy->
Cold Rain and Snow->
Cassidy
Loser
Brown-Eyed Women
Shakedown Street

Main event:
Intro by Harry Duncan->
Help on the Way->
Slipknot!->
Franklin’s Tower

Big River – Roger McNamee
Sage and Spirit – Teja Gerken (solo)
It Must Have Been The Roses – Alex Bleeker & Kyle Field
Eyes of the World – Alex Bleeker & Kyle Field
The Music Never Stopped – Grahame Lesh
Crazy Fingers – Grahame Lesh
King Solomon’s Marbles – Totally Dead
Blues For Allah – Henry Kaiser quartet + vox
The Other One
Sugaree
Around and Around
US Blues
Goin’ Down The Road Feelin’ Bad – all hands
Brokedown Palace – all hands

August 13, 1975 salute on August 13, 2015

August 12th, 2015

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The backdrop from the 1975 show will be in the house in 2015!

August 13 2015/1975: A celebration of 40 years since the Grateful Dead’s legendary “One From The Vault” performance @ GAMH

This special evening features Mark Karan, Robin Sylvester, James Nash, Neil Hampton, David Gans, Totally Dead (Will McCosker – drums, Dave Gantenbein – bass, Ned Patchett – guitar & vocals, Matt Salata – guitar & vocals, Jaime Cintado – keys & vocals, Eileen Flynn Bell – vocals), Teja Gerken, Alex Bleeker (Real Estate), Jason Crosby (Doobie Decibel System), Kyle Field (Little Wings), Elliott Peck, Roger McNamee (Doobie Decibel System), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green), Danny Eisenberg, Henry Kaiser with Bob Bralove, Scott Amendola & Michael Manring, Grahame Lesh, Harry Duncan plus special guests.

UPDATE: The event will be live streamed!!

One From the Vault is a live album by the Grateful Dead, recorded on August 13, 1975 at the Great American Music Hall, and released April 15, 1991 on Grateful Dead Records. The concert was broadcast on FM radio, widely traded by fans on cassettes, and sold in bootleg LP versions under the titles Urubouros Deedni Mublasaron and Make Believe Ballroom. But it was not until the Grateful Dead released it on their eponymous record label that high-quality versions of the songs appeared. It was the first complete concert recording released commercially by the band. The concert also marked the first time that the then recently released album Blues for Allah was performed live in its entirety, albeit with a few other songs thrown in.

Order tickets here!